New Democratic Party loyalist Bob Senff is expected to be named the party’s candidate for the Arthur-Virden constituency at a nomination meeting tonight in Virden.
Senff, who has twice ran for the NDP in the past, was the only approved nominee, according to NDP provincial secretary Nanci Morrison.
The 66-year-old retired high school english teacher lives in Oak Lake.
He believes his experience in the classroom and serving on community and provincial boards, including the Apprenticeship and Certification Board, will be an asset to the government.
"One of the things I think is most important is that I have learned to listen," said Senff, who will take a leave of absence from the board once the writ has dropped.
In 2006, Senff ran in the federal election for the NDP. He lost to Conservative Merv Tweed.
One year later, Senff challenged Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire in a provincial election. Senff captured 2,141 votes, less than half of the 4,451 people who voted for Maguire.
The seat was left vacant when Maguire left to pursue federal politics in October.
While Senff said it will be a challenge to turn Arthur-Virden orange, he remains passionate about his belief system. He also thought it was important in the big picture that the party have a local candidate.
"I know it’s been a Conservative stronghold for a long time," Senff said. "We’re in a byelection, so this isn’t going to change the government of the day, but I run because I believe in families, young people and working people."
The Progressive Conservatives nominated former insurance agency owner Doyle Piwniuk as their candidate last week.
The Liberals have yet to name a nominee.
Premier Greg Selinger has yet to set a byelection date.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 19, 2013